[apnic-talk] [Apnic-announce] Less than 10% of IPv4 Addresses Remain Una

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      Less than 10% of IPv4 Addresses Remain Unallocated, says Number Resource
      Organization
      _______________________________________________________________________
      
      Dear Colleagues,
      
      Deploying IPv6 - the next generation of the Internet Protocol - is vital
      to the continued development of the Internet
      
      AMSTERDAM - The Number Resource Organization (NRO), the official
      representative of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that
      oversee the allocation of all Internet number resources, announced today
      that less than 10 percent of available IPv4 addresses remain
      unallocated. This small pool of existing IP addresses marks a critical
      moment in IPv4 address exhaustion, ultimately impacting the future
      network operations of all businesses and organizations around the globe.
      
      "This is a key milestone in the growth and development of the global
      Internet," noted Axel Pawlik, Chairman of the NRO. "With less than 10
      percent of the entire IPv4 address range still available for allocation
      to RIRs, it is vital that the Internet community take considered and
      determined action to ensure the global adoption of IPv6. The limited
      IPv4 addresses will not allow us enough resources to achieve the
      ambitions we all hold for global Internet access. The deployment of IPv6
      is a key infrastructure development that will enable the network to
      support the billions of people and devices that will connect in the
      coming years," added Pawlik.
      
      Internet Protocol is a set of technical rules that defines how devices
      communicate over a network. There are currently two versions of IP, IPv4
      and IPv6. IPv6 includes a modern numbering system that provides a much
      larger address pool than IPv4. With so few IPv4 addresses remaining, the
      NRO is urging all Internet stakeholders to take immediate action by
      planning for the necessary investments required to deploy IPv6.
      
      The NRO, alongside each individual RIR, has actively promoted IPv6
      deployment for several years through grassroots outreach, speaking
      engagements, conferences and media outreach. To date, their combined
      efforts have yielded positive results in the call to action for the
      adoption of IPv6. Given the less than 10 percent milestone, the NRO is
      continuing its call for Internet stakeholders, including governments,
      vendors, enterprises, telecoms operators, and end users, to fulfill
      their roles in IPv6 adoption, specifically encouraging the following
      actions: The business sector should provide IPv6-capable services
      and platforms, including web hosting and equipment, ensuring
      accessibility for IPv6 users. Software and hardware vendors should
      implement IPv6 support in their products to guarantee they are available
      at production standard when needed. Governments should lead the way
      by making their own content and services available over IPv6 and
      encouraging IPv6 deployment efforts in their countries. IPv6
      requirements in government procurement policies are critical at this
      time. Civil society, including organizations and end users, should
      request that all services they receive from their ISPs and vendors are
      IPv6-ready, to build demand and ensure competitive availability of IPv6
      services in coming years.
      
      The NRO's campaign to promote the next generation of Internet Protocol
      continues to positively impact the Internet community. IPv6 allocations
      increased by nearly 30% in 2009, as community members continued to
      recognize the benefits of IPv6.
      
      "Many decision makers don't realize how many devices require IP
      addresses - mobile phones, laptops, servers, routers, the list goes on,"
      said Raul Echeberria, Secretary of the NRO. "The number of available
      IPv4 addresses is shrinking rapidly, and if the global Internet
      community fails to recognize this, it will face grave consequences in
      the very near future. As such, the NRO is working to educate everyone,
      from network operators to top executives and government representatives,
      about the importance of IPv6 adoption," added Echeberria.
      
      IP addresses are allocated by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
      (IANA), a contract operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned
      Names and Numbers (ICANN). IANA distributes IP addresses to RIRs, who in
      turn issue them to users in their respective regions. "This is the time
      for the Internet community to act," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's
      President and Chief Executive Officer. "For the global Internet to grow
      and prosper without limitation, we need to encourage the rapid
      widespread adoption of the IPv6 protocol."
      
      ________________________________________________________________________
      
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